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“When the idea of purchasing a Ruru Tiny Home was first put to me by my ex-partner as a living solution I turned my nose up at the idea. I was going from a 7 bedroom home to an empty section on a hill and there was no way I was putting a ‘tiny home’ there. It took me six months to get my head out of my own ass and six seconds to change my mind following a spontaneous visit to Fran and Daniel at Ruru Building.

From the moment I poked my head in the door of a ready to deliver home I realised how wrong I had been. Far from the cramped gypsy caravan idea I had in my head, I discovered that Ruru Homes were surprisingly spacious and modern and really quite stunning inside. But what got me the most was it felt like a home.

That was all I needed. The Ruru is cleverly thought out. It has a full kitchen, full bathroom, a dining and living space plus two bedrooms. It is basically a modern two bedroom apartment that I can move where I like, and importantly in today’s climate it offers a simple turn key living option at ultimately a fraction of the cost of building a new home.

By choice, I went for a composting toilet which I have to say was initially a brief mental challenge, however a friend offered up the viewpoint that in life ‘its important to deal with your own shit’, upon which time I recognised an excellent opportunity for a growth mindset. Fran, Daniel and the team have created something really special with Ruru Homes. From the moment I first spoke with Fran, to this day, I have had nothing but the highest level of communication with the Ruru Team.

They respond to every question or request immediately and I can quite honestly say that they operate with a level of professionalism that I have rarely experienced before. With their drive and professionalism I am certain that Ruru Building will lead the way in a new era of the ‘Tiny Home’ movement.

Having now lived in my Ruru Home for over three months now, I am converted to the benefits of downsizing. It adds a level of simplicity to life, removes a lot of stress and allows you to focus on what’s important. I am grateful daily that this is the choice I made.”
Jack – ruru customer

“Guten Abend Fran! I hope you are finally allowing yourself some time for rest and recuperation after yet another hectic week. As always we are collectively blown away by your ability to juggle so many roles, both as superboss of a thriving buisness and as a mum. At the risk of bothering you on a friday night, I needed to express how incredibly grateful I am for the opportunity I have been given with Ruru. This company is clearly exceptional and I will never take it for granted.

You took a chance in hiring me with such limited carpentry experience (my skydiving abilities are yet to prove useful) and I am determined to repay that faith with diligence and enthusiasm. You have provided us all with the knowledge, support and resources required to evolve every step of the way and gone miles above the expected norm in terms of creating an environment that myself, and the other junior builders feel comfortable to ask questions and learn in.

I have been striving to improve everyday and to have that hard work recognized and rewarded with a suprise pay increase (my first pay rise ever) is validating beyond belief. I feel a sense of pride working for Ruru that I have never felt in other industries and I intend to become the best builder I can be. So on behalf of my self esteem, my bank account, and my future. Kindest Regards, C”

C – ruru staff

“I had the privilege yesterday of having a site tour of the Ruru Homes manufacturing setup in Green Lane (Motueka).I was very impressed to see the quality and spaciousness of their moveable homes, and their well-thought-through strategies and plans for helping to solve some of Motueka’s (and NZ’s) biggest problems around affordable housing.

Even more impressive are the ethics and values of the owners and plans – including using NZ materials and fitting wherever possible, using and training local builders on the assembly line at higher than normal rates, and providing apprentice training on full building skills.

They are now capable of turning out these quality homes at an astounding rate and have orders to keep them going for ages. I don’t normally rave on about particular business enterprises, but this one is particularly noteworthy in my books.”

David Armstrong – ruru community